i-Three Issue Corps 2016 – Russellville Urban Gardening

Gary Templeman

4-H Youth Development Agent

University of Kentucky

What is the change you are designing to achieve?

Create an increase in awareness of food origin and better understand the basis of agriculture in an applied setting as among minority youth.

How will you measure that change?

Through a mix of pre and post surveys and interviews.

What is the innovative component or strategy you will implement as a result of the design-a-thon?

By collaborating with several external inputs and education sources, as well as growing ethnic foods, we will create an interest unique to the clients served.

How did the design-a-thon help you?

It allowed me to speak with experts among several components of my project and broadened my ability to think outside the box on the upcoming project.

Summary:

In the small town of Russellville, KY, we’re continually exposing racially minority youth who live in poverty stricken neighborhoods to agriculture, specifically ethnic crops relating to their heritage. In the past four years we’ve grown the project from small container gardens on back porches, to a land lease with the city containing over an acre of crops, raised beds and two new high tunnels to diversify and extend the growing season even more. Many of these youth have never been exposed to agriculture of any kind and are certainly excited about.

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